Board of Directors
Actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 25 years. As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster "Lethal Weapon" franchise to smaller independent features, some of which Glover produced. He co-starred in the critically acclaimed feature "Dreamgirls" directed by Bill Condon and "Poor Boy’s Game" directed by Clement Virgo. He appeared in the hit feature "Shooter" for director Antoine Fuqua, "Honeydripper" for director John Sayles and "Be Kind, Rewind" for director Michel Gondry. Glover has also gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts, with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, and access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa. For these efforts, Glover received a 2006 Directors Guild of America Honor. Internationally, Glover has served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998 - 2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and currently serves as UNICEF Ambassador.
In 2005, Glover co-founded Louverture Films, dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity. The New York based company has a slate of progressive features and documentaries including "Trouble the Water", which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, "Africa Unite", award winning feature "Bamako", and other projects, "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives" and "The Disappearance of McKinley Nolan".
A native of San Francisco, Glover trained at the Black Actors’ Workshop of the American Conservatory Theater. It was his Broadway debut in Fugard’s "'Master Harold'...and the Boys" which brought him to national recognition and led director Robert Benton to cast Glover in his first leading role in 1984's Oscar nominated Best Picture, "Places in the Heart". The following year, Glover starred in two more Best Picture nominees: Peter Weir’s "Witness" and Steven Spielberg’s "The Color Purple". In 1987, Glover partnered with Mel Gibson in the first "Lethal Weapon" film and went on to star in three hugely successful "Lethal Weapon" sequels. Glover has also invested his talents in more personal projects, including the award-winning "To Sleep With Anger", which he executive produced and for which he won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Actor; "Bopha!"; "Manderlay"; "Missing in America"; and the film version of Athol Fugard’s play "Boesman and Lena". On the small screen, Glover won an Image Award, Cable ACE Award and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in the title role of the HBO movie "Mandela". He has also received Emmy nominations for his work in the acclaimed miniseries "Lonesome Dove" and the television film "Freedom Song". As a director, he earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Showtime’s "Just a Dream".
William E. Adams was elected International Longshore and Warehouse Union International Secretary-Treasurer in 2003 and re-elected in 2006. Adams moved to Tacoma, Washington in 1978 where he went to work at the Port of Tacoma as a casual longshore worker. He became a “B registrant” in the local in 1980, and a full member of Local 23 in 1986. After working 20 years as a longshoreman, he become a marine clerk.
Adams got involved in the political life of his local in 1998, becoming a member of Local 23’s executive board and was an elected delegate to the ILWU Longshore Division Caucus. He served in both positions until 2003 when he won a term on the International Executive Board, representing the Puget Sound Region in 2000 to 2003. In December, 2004, he led an ILWU contingent to South Africa to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the end of apartheid, recognizing the ILWU’s role in the international movement.
Adams has also been active in the Tacoma community. He started producing “Celebrations of Black History and Labor” programs in Tacoma in 1991, 1992 and 1993 and again in 2001, 2002 , 2003 and 2005. The events featured leading cultural and political figures including Danny Glover, Paul Robeson, Jr., Yolanda King and Betty Shabazz. The programs have received national attention and critical acclaim. For his work in the community, Adams received City of Tacoma’s Destiny Award and the Paul Robeson Peace and Justice Award from Mothers for Police Accountability in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. James Davis is the longest serving member of the TransAfrica Board of Directors. He is originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, but has practiced internal medicine in Washington, D.C. for over three decades. He was proud to be arrested on two occasions in front of the South African Embassy during the Free South Africa Movement and acted as Former President Randall Robinson’s personal physician, including time during Mr. Robinson’s hunger strike for Haiti. He has a deep love for baseball, with a special predilection for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Adwoa Dunn-Mouton is an activist who has been involved with African policy issues for the last thirty years. Dunn-Mouton spent eight years on Capitol Hill, working on the House Subcommittee on Africa under the leadership of Howard Wolpe and as Staff Director of the Senate Subcommittee on African Affairs under the leadership of Senator Paul Simon. During her tenure on Capitol Hill, she was involved in the development of legislative actions that led to increased sanctions against the Apartheid Government of South Africa and an increase in US development assistance to Africa. Prior to her work in Congress, she directed the African Studies and Research Center outreach program at Howard University. Currently, she is a partner of Mouton Insurance Brokerage.
Dunn-Mouton worked as a consultant for several organizations, including the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Blackside Production Company. She has served on the Boards of Africa Action, Africa Policy Information Center and the Washington Office on Africa. She was a member and officer of the Southern Africa Support Project, a coalition member of the Free South Africa Movement. She received a B.S. and M.A from the University of California Berkeley. She studied at the University of Ghana in Legon in an educational abroad program, was a Fulbright Fellow in Liberia and has traveled extensively in Africa for the last thirty years.
Dr. Sylvia Hill is professor of criminal justice at the University of the District of Columbia and part-time faculty member of The Union Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her doctorate in education from the University of Oregon in 1971 after having majored in psychology at Howard University.
Dr. Hill’s current research interest focuses on the use of research and community organizing techniques to mobilize communities to work on public safety. In particular, she is interested in developing a geo-spatial neighborhood intervention model to reduce homicide, vehicular theft and other indices of decaying neighborhoods. While much of her research has been international solidarity work, this urban domestic focus is consistent with her commitment to human rights practices by designing and evaluating intervention programs in Africa and the Diaspora.
In collaboration with Dr. Angelyn Spaulding Flowers in 1999, Dr. Hill was awarded funding from the City Council to create an Institute for Public Safety and Justice to provide training, research and public service to combat crime. Her most recent publications are "Anti-Apartheid Solidarity in U.S. African Relations: From The Margins to the Mainstreams" and co-authored with William Minter in "The Long Road to Freedom: International Solidarity", Vol. 1, South Africa Development Education Trust, 2008.
Bruce Raynor is the Chairman of the Board of Amalgamated Life Insurance Company and former President of Workers United, a Service Employees International Union affiliated organization representing 150,000 workers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.
Described as a “rising star in the labor movement” by BusinessWeek in April 7, 2003, Raynor has distinguished himself as a creative, aggressive and strategic organizer with a broad understanding of labor’s role in North America. A pioneer in the area of comprehensive campaigns, his career started with the campaign against textile giant J.P. Stevens, made famous by the movie "Norma Rae" starring Sally Field, to fight against wages as low as $2.65 an hour and even poorer working conditions.
Raynor has handled many key negotiations and has collective bargaining relationships with companies including Levi Strauss & Co., Liz Claiborne, T.J. Maxx/Marshall’s, the Hartmarx Group, Xerox, Delaware North, Hilton, Starwood, and national food service and laundry industry employers such as Aramark, Compass and Sodexo. He has forged productive labor-management relationships in the apparel, textile, hotel, laundry and other industries which have contributed to improved wages and benefits and safer working conditions for working people across North America. Raynor began his career in the education department of the former Textile Workers Union of America in 1973 and went on to organize tens of thousands of workers in the South while based in Atlanta, including nearly 1,000 Lichtenberg Curtain and Drapery workers in Georgia; 500 shirt workers in Crystal Springs, Mississippi; 3,200 Tultex workers in Martinsville, Virginia; and the giant Cannon Mills complex in Kannapolis, North Carolina. He eventually became the elected leader of 50,000 Southern clothing and textile workers.
Using a combination of aggressive rank and file organizing, and alliances with civil rights and community leaders to build worker power, Raynor built the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union’s organizing program throughout the United States and Canada. In 1993 he was elected Executive Vice President of ACTWU. At its founding convention in 1995 he was elected Executive Vice President of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees. In 1999 he became UNITE’s Secretary-Treasurer and went on to become President in 2001. He was then elected General President of UNITE HERE at the union’s founding convention in July 2004. Upon Worker United’s affiliation with SEIU in 2009, Raynor was elected as an International Executive Vice President of SEIU and currently serves on the Executive Committee and Executive Board.
Raynor has been a member of Cornell University’s Board of Trustees since 1988 and currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations. He graduated from Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations in 1972, and in 1999 he received the ILR School’s Groat Award for Distinguished Alumni.
Fred Redmond joined the United Steelworkers when he went to work at Reynolds Metals Company in McCook, Illinois, in 1973. He became an active member of Local 3911, serving as shop steward, grievance committee member and chairman, vice-president and three terms as president.
In 1996 Fred was appointed to the International Staff and serviced locals in the Chicago area. In 1998 he was transferred to the union’s international Headquarters in Pittsburgh, where he developed and conducted training programs for the union’s Membership Development Department. He was also assigned by the Union’s International President to coordinate special projects, including amalgamations and assisting local unions in developing by-laws.
In 2002 he was appointed Assistant Director of USW District 7, where he served until his election as International Vice President (Human Affairs). In addition to his regular union duties, Fred serves as Chairman of the USW Container Industry Conference and coordinates bargaining for the USW Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals and Public Employees Sector.
Elected by acclamation in 2005, Fred Redmond took office as the USW’s International Vice President (Human Affairs) on March 1, 2006.
On May 31, 2007, Fred was elected to the Board of Directors for Working America, a Community Affiliate of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations. On August 3, 2007, he was elected by unanimous assent as chairman of the Board of Directors of the A. Philip Randolph Institute. He also serves as the Regional 6 Representative for the Coalition of Black Trade Unionist. On March 4, 2008, Fred was elected as a member to the AFL-CIO Executive Council and also serves on several of its committees.